Topiary Trees

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Find a pot and a Styrofoam that compliment each other in size. You will also need a small portion of Spanish Moss, and Floral Foam, as well as a glue gun and a few glue sticks.

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Take a chunk of Floral Foam and press it onto the top rim of the pot to make an impression in the foam. This is a good way to know exactly how big to cut your wedge of Floral Foam. Be sure to cut it tapered, so that it will push into the pot easily. Press the foam into the pot, so that no foam is sticking out over the top edge.

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Glue around outside edge of Floral Foam ONLY (if glue is put in the middle of the foam, your stick will not push down into the foam easily). Gently press on Spanish Moss, being careful not to burn your fingers. Trim Spanish Moss if needed, allowing some to hang over the edge of the pot.

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Push the cinnamon stick or twig into the center of the foam, pushing the Spanish Moss aside, to allow the stick to easily push into the foam. Push styrofoam ball onto the top of the stick, making sure everything is centered and standing straight. Remove the styrofoam ball while applying rosebuds, or rosehips. You can paint the styrofoam ball to better match the naturals that will be applied (if there is any space between buds or hips the white of the ball may show through if you do not do this).

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Choose a natural dried flower, rosehip, or silk flower if that is your preference, and begin gluing onto the ball, as closely together as possible, with hot glue. Be sure to avoid gluing anything over the hole you made when you pressed the ball onto the stick. Push the ball back onto the stick, and tie a piece of homespun or raffia around the stick to finish this project off.

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Everlasting Snowballs

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Choose a variety of different sized Styrofoam balls (they can be dirty or used from a previous project). Insert a dowel or skewer into each one to use as a handle.

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Coat the ball in a thick, uneven coat of texturizing medium. I use Duncan Snow Accents. Allow a little extra to accumulate on the inserted stick for the finishing step.

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Sprinkle a generous amount of glitter or crushed glass diamond dust over each ball, and allow to dry. This drying process can be sped up slightly by using a hair dryer, but do not hold the hair dryer too close to the ball or it can melt. When completely dry, remove the stick. Fill in the hole left behind using the excess amount of texturizing medium remaining on the stick.

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Additional Notes

Plastic glitter is better to use when doing this project with children, as the crushed glass diamond dust can be dangerous to use with young kids. Be very careful when working with diamond dust. Extra precautions should be taken when handling items made with this crushed glass glitter, as well as cleaning up the work area after projects have been completed. I use a damp paper towel to wipe surfaces rather than my bare hand.

Clay Birds

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This project uses oven bake clay. My favorite brand to use is Sculpy. It is softer and easier to condition before use.

Breaking off about 1/4 – 1/2 (depending upon what size bird you want to make) of a block of the Sculpy color you want for your bird, flatten and roll into a ball several time to condition (soften) the clay. Also take a pinch of whatever color you want for your beak, and two tiny pinches of black for eyes. Roll all into individual balls, as shown in the picture.
Take two pieces from the ball of bird color, and form two balls. Then flatten into tear-drop shape for wings. Take the remaining bird color and shape into a peanut-looking shape, slightly bigger on one end than the other.
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Taking a piece of wire and using needle nose pliers, bend two toes. Then making the leg the length you want, fold wire at the top of one leg to form the next leg. Finish by making two more toes, and bending the wire to form the toes into feet. Make sure the legs are the same length, and check that these wire legs will stand on their own after shaping.

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Pinch the bigger end of the peanut shape to form a tail, making it as long as you desire. Push the wire legs into the bottom of the bird, and smooth with your finger to cover the hole.

Push the wings into place, in a downward angle. Test the bird to make sure that it stands up. If you have any problems with the bird standing on its feet, make the tail longer for extra support.
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Using a stylus or piercing tool, press the tip into the spots where you want the eyes to go. Place the tiny black balls you made into these holes.

Roll the beak ball into a cone shape, and press onto the front to form the beak.
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If you would like to have an open beak, use a craft knife to cut the beak carefully. Also use the craft knife to open the beak to desired amount. Smooth all rough areas, and place on a cookie sheet. Bake at the temperate and time duration as stated on the packaging your clay came in. DO NOT handle the clay before it has sufficient enough time to cool after baking.

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Recycled Wraps

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Purchase a snowflake stencil, or make your own. Using a small stencil brush, dip into the paint so only the end of the brush is loaded. Dap off some onto a scrap piece of paper, so only a small amount of paint is on the brush.

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Gently dab the paint over the stencil cutout. Carefully lift the stencil to reveal the snowflakes.

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Put a small dot of glue in the center of each snowflake, as well as extra dots here and there around the stenciled snowflakes. Sprinkle glitter over the glue areas, and shake off the excess. Allow to dry.

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Using scrapbooking scissors, trim around the edge of the paper you have stenciled, as well as the top of the brown lunch bag to make a nicer finished edge. Save scraps of paper in case you want to glue them on as trim later. Glue this finished stenciled paper onto the front of the brown paper bag.

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Attach ribbon, yarn, raffia or jute on the inside or outside of the bag for a handle. If attaching to the outside, tie a knot first, for a more finished look.

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You can make a little matching card from recycled wrapping paper with snowmen printed on it. Just cut out the snowmen and glue it on a piece of card-stock. Add glitter using the same technique as above.

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Taking a wooden cut-out ornament (you can also cut your own shape from a piece of card-stock, or file folder), place on a small scrap of paper or card-stock. Spray walnut ink on top of the cut-out shape, but be sure to put a large piece of scrap paper, or cardboard under this to avoid the over-spraying getting onto the surface you’re working on. Carefully life the cut-out shape to reveal your design. Allow to dry completely (should take a few minutes).
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To complete this to look like the sample picture, cut out your shape, and glue onto another scrap of paper or card-stock of a contrasting color. Follow step 4 and 5 from the other brown bag project. Add little pine cones or other naturals, and finish with a piece of raffia for the handle.

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To make the gift tag shown, I cut a star from a scrap of cardstock, then sprayed it with the walnut ink. Glue it to cardstock of the same color, and glue on raffia to complete.

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Additional Notes

A piece of homespun fabric can be used as a background on the bag. Scraps of Christmas trimmings can be used for a different variety of this brown bag project, as shown in picture below.

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Glitter Glass Ornament

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Start with a clear glass ornament shape. Attach a hanger if it is not already attached, so it can be used as a handle.
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Take new or used wrapping paper that has a clear image (not too many tiny details) and cut out two pictures that are the same size. Photographs may also be used, but be careful as they can smear easier than wrapping paper.
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Apply a thin coat of Mod Podge gloss finish to the backside of the first image and press it onto the center of the ornament.
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Pour a generous amount of diamond dust (crushed glass glitter) onto a plate. Coat that entire side of the ornament with the Mod Podge. Press the ornament face down into the plate of diamond dust.
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Repeat step 4 on the opposite side of the ornament, using your brush handle to press the ornament into the plate of diamond dust, so as not to damage the first side. The ornament will look milky at first, but when completely dry it will become clear and the image will be better seen.

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Before drying:

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Additional Notes

Plastic glitter is better to use when doing this project with children, as the crushed glass diamond dust can be dangerous to use with young kids. Be very careful when working with diamond dust. Extra precautions should be taken when handling items made with this crushed glass glitter, as well as cleaning up the work area after projects have been completed. I use a damp paper towel to wipe surfaces rather than my bare hand.The snowman head seen below is made using the same process with Mod Podge and diamond dust. However, the snowman face was painted in advance with glass enamel paints. Be sure to allow paint to dry completely before using the Mod Podge and diamond dust.

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Garden Glove Turkey

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